A shootout in the parking lot of the sheriff’s Temple Station Monday between deputies and a convicted sex offender wanted on a warrant in another sex crime ended with the suspect dead inside his SUV, apparently from a self-inflicted wound, authorities said.
The shooting was reported at 7:25 a.m. outside the facility at 8838 Las Tunas Drive, according to the sheriff’s department. No deputies were injured. The man, in his late 40s, died at the scene, the sheriff’s department reported. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.
According to sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza, while the man was in the station, a deputy learned that he was wanted on a $40,000 felony warrant.
“The suspect came to the counter … and he was registering as a sex offender,” Mendoza told KTLA5. “That’s when the deputy at the counter discovered that the suspect had a warrant. It was out of the city of Los Angeles for a sex crime — a different crime; it was a felony crime — and that’s when the deputy went (further) inside (the station). He came outside with some backup, and the suspect ran towards his vehicle, at which point the deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the suspect fired shots at the deputies from his vehicle.
“There was an exchange of gunfire,” McDonnell said. “Multiple rounds were fired, and the area was locked down.”
SWAT deputies were then summoned to the scene, but by the time they got there, the shootout was over. They found the suspect dead inside the vehicle.
Deputies recovered a shotgun from the vehicle, and investigators believe the man also was armed with a handgun, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Katz said.
“The deputies did engage in a gun battle with the suspect,” Katz said. “It appears at this time that the suspect is deceased by way of a self- inflicted gunshot wound.”
Traffic was routed away from the area for several hours while an investigation was conducted.
“We are grateful that no deputies were injured or killed in the Temple Station shooting,” said Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs President Ron Hernandez.
“This deliberate attack on a sheriff’s substation is another reminder of the dangers deputies face every day in their jobs, where a `routine’ day at work has the potential to turn deadly,” Hernandez said.
—City News Service
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